Kadapa MP-elect questions commitment of Kiran, Naidu to farmers' welfare
YSR Congress Party president and Kadapa MP-elect Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy ended his two-day ‘Rytu Deeksha' here on Tuesday sending a warning to both the Central and State governments to take immediate action to ensure remunerative price for farmers.
He criticised the State governments led by N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and N. Chandrababu Naidu for failing to alleviate the plight of farmers. He recalled that farmers had enjoyed fruits of a six per cent growth rate in agriculture and allied sectors when Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy' was Chief Minister, at a time when national agriculture growth rate was about 3.5 per cent.
“Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy is busy playing power politics under the dictatorship of his party high command while Mr. Naidu wakes up to the farmers' issues whenever I announce an agitation. That is the kind of commitment they have towards welfare of farmers whose counterparts in other States are better off due to farmer-friendly policies of the respective governments,” he observed.
Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy sought to know why farmers in Andhra Pradesh were facing the unprecedented crisis despite achieving record yields of paddy and other food grains. “The farmers of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal have good support from the governments, which do most of the procurement. For instance, 94.2 per cent of the paddy produced in Punjab is purchased by government agencies and sold to Food Corporation of India. If Punjab can do it, why not Andhra Pradesh?'' he asked.
Training his guns on the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, he said the farmers have so far not received a single paisa towards input subsidy, not even 10 per cent of the farmers benefited from rescheduling of loans. Compounding the farmers' woes is the lack of MSP which at the present level of Rs. 1,030 is barely enough to make ordinary profits.
Earlier, Nellore MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy said Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy became the Chief Minister by default as it was the death of YSR that got him the promotion. “If general elections were around the corner, most of the MLAs would have migrated to the Jagan camp,” he observed.
Two Members of Parliament, five MLCs and 19 MLAs participated in Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's two-day ‘Rytu Deeksha' that ended on Tuesday. The MPs are Sabbam Hari (Anakapalli) and Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy (Nellore) and MLCs — Jupudi Prabhakar Rao, Desai Tippa Reddy, Pulla Padmavathi, Konda Murali and Meka Seshubabu.
The MLAs are P. Subhaschandra Bose (Ramachandrapuram), D. Krishna Das (Narasannapet), Korla Bharati (Tekkali), D. Chandrasekhar Reddy (Kakinada city), B. Srinivasa Reddy (Ongole), K. Surekha (Parakal), P. Ramakrishna Reddy (Macherla), M. Sucharita (Pratthipadu), G. Srikanth Reddy (Rayachoti), B. Sivaprasad Reddy (Darsi), A. Amarnath Reddy (Rajampet), C. Adinarayana Reddy (Jammalamadugu), K Sreenivasulu (Railway Kodur), T Balaraju (Polavaram), M. Chandrasekhara Reddy (Udayagiri), N. Sesha Reddy (Anaparthi), M. Prasada Raju (Narasapuram), G. Babu Rao (Payakaraopet) and N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy of Telugu Desam (Kovur).